Longview resident wins lottery

A Texas Lottery scratch-off worth $3 million was sold at Murphy Express, 301 E. Loop 281, in Longview.

The number of millionaires in Longview keeps growing.

A resident has claimed a top $3 million prize in a Texas Lottery scratch-off game — the third multimillion-dollar lottery prize won in Longview in less than a year.

The resident, who has chosen to remain anonymous, won the prize playing the $750 Million Winner’s Circle game, according to information released Tuesday by the Texas Lottery. The scratch-off game costs $30 per ticket.

The winner bought the ticket at Murphy Express at 301 E. Loop 281.

Convenience store employee Mary Farrier said Tuesday that the winner cashed in the ticket this past week traveled to Austin to claim the prize.

“He came in and said hi,” Farrier said.

She said the lottery win has been a point of pride for the store and its employees.

“We’ve told customers that we sold one,” Farrier said. “To know that we sold it is fun.”

The store received official word Friday.

“We didn’t win anything,” Farrier said, laughing. “But I think we’re getting a bonus or something from the company.”

The prize was the eighth of 12 worth $3 million to be claimed in the Texas Lottery game, which offers more than $750 million in total prizes.

Overall odds of winning any prize in the game are one in 2.88, including break-even prizes.

Longview has been a hotbed of recent high-prize Texas lottery winners.

On June 7, Texas Lottery said a Lotto Texas quick-pick ticket matched all six numbers worth $5 million. The cash value option was selected when the ticket was bought, which means the winner gets $3,755,592 before taxes.

The ticket was sold at EZ Bee49, 514 S. Eastman Road. The prize has not yet been claimed.

And in September, a Longview resident claimed a top $5 million prize in a Texas Lottery scratch-off game.

The resident, who the Texas Lottery said in a statement opted to remain anonymous, bought the ticket at Lil Tommy’s Gas & Go at U.S. 259 and George Richey Road north of Longview.

The winnings came on the $50 scratch-off ticket, Premier Play game.

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— Staff writer Courtney Stern contributed to this report.